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Re: Input Requested on a O’Day 25 we looked at.
Boat value is very dependent on where you purchase it. Some locales may place a premium on trailer boats and you will see it reflected in the price. Out here, trailers are relatively rare so they could bump up the price by a grand or two. Do your market research! The AYBC standards in 1975 aren’t what they are today and Oday is pretty much “middle of the road” like a Catalina. So individual condition trump’s all. Old boats are like musical chairs – they will all eventually become worthless, and the objective is not be the last owner.
The Gelcote cracking is fairly common on boats of that age and is mostly cosmetic. The cracks will eventually deepen and allow moisture between the Gelcote and fiberglass, producing more costly cracks. These little cracks can be remedied with a Dremel tool and filling with little resin. They sell white resin in a little tube just for this fix. Figure on $50. One of your photos shows wire nuts to the bow lights, a big no-no. Also, tinned wire wasn’t an AYBC standard back then. Good news is it is a simple job on a boat this size. It can be between $50 and $250 depending on how far you want to re-wire. Now for the bad stuff. The light spot on the starboard side (next to the Stb bow cleat) looks like a previous repair (I think the damage was the result of some sort of anchoring mishap). There are two bigger issues here. One, it looks like the core under the decking was removed at one point. My guess is there was water intrusion around the cowl vent or hawser at one time. This is a big no-no and should be addressed. This could be the root cause of the two holes in the bow. I would pull off the rub-rail track and investigate. Depending upon your fiberglass skills, this could get spendy. Think $500 to $1k. The stem fitting is bolted to both the deck and the hull so the boat is sailable, But as I said, you don’t want to be the last owner…
2000 Catalina 34 MkII